Category Archives: History

Medieval Monday and Berengaria Brown’s Restoring Garnet’s Heart

Today wraps up the 12 magical weeks of Medieval Mondays. I’ve met some wonderful fellow authors through this exchange, and I hope I’ve introduced you to some new books from the medieval era. This last blog features Book 3 of … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Carmen Stefanescu’s Shadows of the Past

Week #11 of Medieval Monday finds us with the most intriguing genre description I’ve ever seen for a book. Author Carmen Stefanescu labels her book Shadows of the Past as a paranormal / light romance / light historical / light … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Victoria Zak’s Highland Burn

Here we are at Week #10 of Medieval Monday, and we’re focusing on Scotland today. If you saw Braveheart, you met Robert the Bruce. But author Victoria Zak’s book Highland Burn will introduce you to Robert’s daughter! Blurb: Will Love’s Flame … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Bambi Lynn’s Marek

It’s seems it’s another Medieval Monday! In Week #9, I’m featuring Marek, the 1st book in The Knights of Stonebridge series. If you haven’t read a time travel romance in a while, then this might be the book for you. … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Mary Morgan’s Dragon Knight’s Medallion

Welcome to Week #8 of Medieval Monday 2015, where I’m featuring books written by various authors of medieval historical romance for twelve weeks. The spotlight this Monday is on Mary Morgan, author of the Dragon Knight series, which kicked off with Dragon Knight’s Sword.  Today … Continue reading

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Medieval Monday and Ashley York’s The Bruised Thistle

We’ve finished the 1st half of our 12 Medieval Monday group of books, and today for Week #7? I’m pleased to spotlight my new friend Ashley York and the first novel in her Order of the Scottish Thistle Series—The Bruised … Continue reading

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Blast from the Past

Years ago, my daughter and I were enchanted with Beauty and the Beast. We saw the Disney movie in the theater and bought it the minute it went on sale. Sometimes, I would even have trouble going to sleep at … Continue reading

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Dime Novels–the 19th Century Harry Potter

When I began writing Written in the Cards, my latest western historical romance, I decided to have my heroine be the author of dime novels. These cheap paperbacks flourished during the 19th century, as increased mechanization made printing them easy. … Continue reading

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Loving Me Some Peanut Butter

As I turn the calendar from February to March, escaping winter is on my mind. I know—I live in Texas—so my Northern friends tell me I don’t really understand what winter is. Winter in Texas ranges from today’s high of … Continue reading

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Fist Fights . . . and Santa Claus

As a teacher, I broke up my fair share of fist fights. They usually occurred during a passing period, near the end of the year, as the weather heated up and tempers tended to flair with impatience. Half my friends … Continue reading

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November 19th – Celebrating the Gettysburg Address (and my husband!)

November 19th is a special day to me. First and foremost, it’s my husband’s birthday. Although he’s very low-key and doesn’t make a big deal about his birthday, it’s special to me. Each year we’re together and celebrate this event … Continue reading

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Where Did Our Thanksgiving Really Come From?

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I’ve always thought it was a time to reflect on what I’m thankful for. Of course, being the former history teacher and current historical romance writer, I like to look back at the … Continue reading

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Putting the History into Historical Romance

Here’s a guest post I did for The Reading Cafe. They are true book lovers, and I cherish their friendship: I’ll admit it. I’m a nerd. I was the girl who liked school. Really liked it. The priority for most … Continue reading

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Who DECIDES These Things?

I just read online that today (July 24) is National Tequila Day. At least it’s after 3PM as I made this discovery, so I suppose I can celebrate at any time now. But it got me to thinking…WHO decides this … Continue reading

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Mr. Rogers Helped me Deal with the Events in Boston

I’ve only recently begun my blogging journey, and I use it as a creative outlet to reflect on things that occur in my life. I’m about to release my debut historical romance, and blogging has been a different kind of … Continue reading

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So Who’s President When Tippecanoe Kicks the Bucket?

April 4 marks the anniversary of the death of William Henry Harrison in 1841, the first US president to die in office. The eight men preceding him averaged just under 58 years on their inauguration days, while Harrison clocked in … Continue reading

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Why February 27 is an Important Date for US Women

Today is a huge day in American history for women – but most of them don’t have a clue why. On February 27, 1922, the US Supreme Court under Chief Justice William Howard Taft (the only President to follow up his … Continue reading

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Judging A Book By Its Cover

You’ve probably heard the expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” meaning not to pass judgment on someone or something based strictly on outward appearance. Yet the good ol’ USA was one of the first places on the planet … Continue reading

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